The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings and Prince Edward (HKCC HPE) will be encouraging local families to Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit this fall, and emphasizing the importance of making vegetables and fruits part of their diet every day.
Whether fresh, frozen, or canned, vegetables and fruit help provide children and families with the vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and overall energy needed to be physically active and stay healthy.
HKCC HPE will be coordinating several local programs and activities that will encourage families in Hastings and Prince Edward counties to include more vegetables and fruit in every meal and snack. Some of these activities include:
- Activities in local elementary schools to highlight Veggie and Fruit Month this October.
- Increasing the capacity of our local Good Food Box, this program provides fresh veggies and fruit at a fraction of the retail cost.
- The Leaders of Change initiative, which aims to recognize local organizations that make it easier for families to access healthier food and beverages.
Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit is the third phase of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which promotes healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for children. As part of the first theme of the HKCC HPE, Run. Jump. Play. Every Day., workshops were held to train teachers on the importance of physical literacy in the early years. As part of the second theme, Water Does Wonders, local organizations were able to apply for water stations to help increase access to water throughout our community.
Encouraging kids to stay active and healthy is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live well; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, please visit www.healthykidsHPE.ca.